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2016 Audi Q3 Review

While the 2016 Audi Q3 has a high-quality cabin and stellar safety and reliability scores, most rivals are more fun to drive and have roomier interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium interior materials
  • Poised handling
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Small cargo hold and cabin
  • Fewer driver assistance features than rivals

New for 2016

  • Rearview camera and parking sensors now standard
  • Minor exterior and interior updates

2016 Audi Q3 Overview

Is the 2016 Audi Q3 a Good Used SUV?

The Audi Q3 is a good used luxury subcompact SUV. It fares well in crash tests and has a nearly unmatched reliability rating. Inside, you'll find an upscale cabin. However, the Q3 does have its warts. Rivals' engines are more energetic, and some competitors have more spacious cabins and offer more features.

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How Much Is the 2016 Audi Q3?

Based on the more than 220 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $25,000 and $33,500 for a used 2016 Q3. The average list price for a Q3 on our site is around $29,500. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used Q3 you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Audi Q3 Cost to Own?

The 2016 Q3's five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be a little more than $28,000. These upkeep estimates are average for a luxury subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q3?

With an average price of $29,500, a used 2016 Audi Q3 will save you around $3,400 compared to the starting price of a 2018 Q3. There are few changes between the 2016 and 2018 models, so the extra few thousand dollars for the 2018 Q3 is hard to justify.

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However, there are some other 2018 luxury subcompact SUVs you make think are worth a little extra money. The BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA cost slightly more than a new Q3, but they both get better fuel economy and deliver more engaging performance (especially the X1). They both also have longer features lists than the Q3, and the X1 provides more cargo space as well.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Audi Q3?

The Q3 earns an outstanding reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Audi Q3 Recalls

There are currently two safety recalls on the 2016 Audi Q3. One involves the brake lights not activating when the parking brake is used in an emergency, and the other involves the side marker lights not working and making the vehicle less visible. Before buying a used Audi Q3, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Q3 Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of the Q3's first generation, which began with the 2015 model and includes the 2018 model. The 2016 Q3 has a couple of interior and exterior styling updates, and it comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Otherwise, there aren't a lot of differences between it and the debut model. Every model year of the Q3 scores similarly, meaning you can save a lot of money by shopping for an older model year and still get a vehicle of similar quality.

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Which Used Audi Q3 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Audi Q3 is available in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. Both models feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

The standard Q3 is big on features, with amenities like leather seats, heated front seats, satellite radio, an infotainment system, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. That should be enough for most buyers. The Prestige trim adds LED headlights, a Bose sound system, and different styling, which isn't enough to justify its typically higher cost.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is one of the best, according to our research. It's rivaled only by Lexus and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the Q3?

The 2016 Q3 has great safety scores. It earned the highest rating of Good in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test, as well as Top Safety Pick designation.

The 2016 Q3 comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Blind spot monitoring is available. Most class rivals have more driver assistance features, including things like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2016 Audi Q3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi Q3 or 2016 Audi Q5?

The 2016 Audi Q5 is in the luxury compact SUV class, so it will likely cost more to buy. You'll get ample passenger and cargo room in the Q5, so it's a better choice if you frequently travel with passengers. It was also a finalist for our 2016 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families award. The Q5 has several powerful engine options, and its standard all-wheel drive provides agile handling. Like the Q3, the Q5 gets high safety scores, but the larger Audi has a bottom-of-the-barrel reliability rating, in contrast to the Q3's excellent mark. If you need the space and like the performance of the Q5 – and can overlook its reliability worries – it's an OK choice. Otherwise, save money and go with the Q3. 

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi Q3 or 2016 BMW X1?

The 2016 BMW X1 is among the best in the class, mainly based on the strength of its performance. Its turbocharged engine effortlessly gets the X1 moving, and it drives nimbly with its responsive steering. All-wheel drive is standard. There is plenty of room and comfort for all passengers, as well as a large cargo hold. The standard, easy-to-use iDrive infotainment system and elegant interior materials give the X1 an upscale, modern feel. Reliability ratings and cost of ownership predictions are about the same between the X1 and the Q3. The X1 was named our 2016 Best Luxury Subcompact SUV for the Money and our 2016 Best Luxury Subcompact SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi Q3 or 2016 Lexus NX?

The 2016 Lexus NX stands out in the larger luxury compact SUV class for its outstanding reliability. It also costs a bit less than the smaller Q3. The NX has a sleek cabin with plenty of premium materials. For its combination of quality and value, we named the NX our 2016 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. Performance is comparable between the NX and Q3; both models could use more engine power, but they have composed and sporty handling. The NX gets admirable safety scores, though the Q3's are better.

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2016 Q3 Performance

How Does the 2016 Audi Q3 Drive?

The 2016 Q3 comes with a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. You can choose between different driving modes that alter the dynamics to your liking.

The Q3's engine provides ample power, but rivals feel more energetic. This Audi provides nimble handling for the most part, though it does have noticeable body lean around some turns. It's easy to maneuver thanks to its tight turning radius. Opinions are split about ride quality; some say it's good, while others say it's too firm.

Does the 2016 Audi Q3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Q3 gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Most competitors get better gas mileage.

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2016 Q3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Q3 Seat?

The 2016 Q3 seats five. The front seats are comfortable, but there may not be enough legroom for taller drivers. The rear seats are too small for most adults, and there's not much headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Audi Q3?

The Q3 has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the third-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Q3's LATCH system an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score) for ease of use.

2016 Audi Q3 Features

The 2016 Q3's standard features include a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and Audi's MMI infotainment system, which controls audio and phone functions.

Available features include voice-controlled navigation, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, and Audi Connect, which provides Wi-Fi for up to eight devices and allows the navigation system to access and display Google Earth images.

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2016 Audi Q3 Dimensions

Audi Q3 Cargo Space

With the rear seats up, the 2016 Q3 provides 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down, and that expands to 48.2 cubic feet. That's ample cargo space, but some rivals have more room.

2016 Q3 Length and Weight

The 2016 Audi Q3 is roughly 14.5 feet long and has a curb weight of either 3,494 pounds (front-wheel-drive models) or 3,682 pounds (Quattro all-wheel-drive models).

Where Was the 2016 Audi Q3 Built?

The 2016 Audi Q3 was built in Martorell, Spain.

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